Greece erupts in violence with POLICE OFFICERS fighting and trying to storm parliament

Friday, May 19, 2017
By Paul Martin

GREEK police officers on strike stormed the country’s parliament brawling with guards defending the government building as the row over austerity continued to rage.

Fri, May 19, 2017

Thousands took to the streets in protest – including mobs of militant youths alongside police officers – as riot police were forced to be deployed en masse to try and contain the bubbling cauldron of anarchy.

The Mediterranean country has been gripped by demonstrations, walkouts and fighting as the country grapples with chaotic civil unrest over austerity measures.

Police officers on strike over cuts to the pay took to the capital, Athens, and attempted to storm parliament.

Guards tasked with defending the heart of democracy were forced to battle with the officers amid the driving rain.

Riot police, who were not on strike, were stationed throughout the city as the first line of defence against the demonstrators.

The violent protests, which saw thousands of civil servants descending on Athens to march through capital, follows a 24 hour walkout.

Public services were crippled with public transport, maritime traffic and commercial fights ground to a halt.

Hospitals were forced to run on emergency staff, and shops and business shut.

The unrest came as the parliament voted on another package of austerity measures which will unlock a third bail-out from the EU.

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